“Why would I need a doula, I am giving birth in the hospital” is a statement I often hear when talking to women expecting their first baby. The truth of the matter is that if you really knew how much time you and your partner will be alone in that labouring room, you may feel differently.
It's 20.00pm on a Thursday evening and I'm ready to go on call. My colleague will arrive shortly to hand-over, unless she calls me first to take over from her if she's busy. A bit later and no phone call and no colleague yet. Not unusual though – it's a very relaxed team and this team mate I know